Jays Rating:

Dennis Villeneuve directs a great piece of cinema revolving around the war on drugs in the crime thriller, Sicario. Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) is a by-the-book FBI agent who is recruited by a task force to help capture major drug traffickers on the border of Mexico. Her team leader is Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) who has to bend the rules in order to stop the drugs and murders that take place on the border. Also working with the task force is a Columbian hit man named Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) who basically throws the rulebook out the window when he deals with the drug cartels to avenge the murders of his wife and daughter. Kate tries to work as an integral member of the task force, but when they arrive in Juarez Mexico where the rules of law and order don’t apply, she is acutely aware that she is out of her element. When she is in a drug tunnel and witnesses something she isn’t supposed to, she realizes she has no idea who the good guys or bad guys are and it really doesn’t matter. This is a violent, tension filled film that will have the audience gripping their seats. The movie does show some brutality and cruelty, but much of the reality was implied. Surprisingly, there is no gratuitous language, sex, or even violence in this dark movie. (According to my wife, the scenes cut away before they showed the really bloody shots.) The performances of Blunt, Brolin, and Del Torro were absolutely outstanding. All three characters transformed from the beginning of the film to the end leaving the audience wondering how they missed seeing it happen. Even though there is a very intriguing plot that builds throughout the film and the end is interesting, there is really no big pay off. (Okay, with all of the drug money floating around in this movie, there were plenty of “pay offs” but you know what I mean.) For the audience that may wonder – just like I did – what Sicario means, its “Hit Man” in Spanish. I’m giving this uncomfortable and exciting film a B+ rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA